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Applying to College 

The admissions process is often confusing and for the first time applicant, can be overwhelming. WNY College Connection has compiled information for you to look at that will make the college admission process easier to understand and complete. There are three types of applications used by WNY colleges; Institutional, Common, and SUNY. The following explain each type of application.
Institutional Application: The Institutional Application is a campus-based application that is specific to a college or university. The following links will connect you to colleges and universities that use Institutional Applications for the admissions process:

Alfred State College, SUNY College of Technology

 Houghton College

 Alfred University

 Jamestown Community College (JCC)

 Bryant & Stratton College

 Medaille College

 Buffalo State College

 Niagara County Community College (NCCC)

 Canisius College

 Niagara University

 D'Youville College

 St. Bonaventure University

 Daemen College

 SUNY Fredonia

 Erie Community College (ECC)

 Trocaire College

 Empire State College

 University at Buffalo (UB)

 Genesee Community College (GCC)

 Villa Maria College

 Hilbert College

 

 

Open House Dates for WNY Consortium of Higher Education Colleges and Universities             

Common Application: The Common Application is accepted at more than 350 selective colleges nationwide. It allows you to apply to any participating school with one application, and includes personal essay and letter of recommendation forms. The following institutions accept the Common Application.

 Alfred University

 Niagara University

 Buffalo State College

 St. Bonaventure University

 Canisius College

 SUNY Fredonia

 Daemen College

 University at Buffalo

                             

SUNY Application: The SUNY Application allows you to apply to all participating State University of New York schools. Applicants choosing this method will be required to complete an additional supplemental application, including a personal essay, and submit a letter of recommendation.  Also, your academic performance in high school is one of the most important factors considered in the admissions process. Historically, this information has been delivered to SUNY campuses on a transcript mailed from your high school.  For 2012, SUNY is strongly recommending that students self-report their high school grades and courses, as well as their ACT and SAT test scores using the SUNY Online Academic Record (SOAR).

 

 Alfred State College

 Jamestown Community College

 Buffalo State College

 Niagara County Community College

 Erie Community College

 SUNY Fredonia

 Empire State College

 University at Buffalo

 Genesee Community College

 

Buffalo National College Fair:  This site is the official site of the Local Arrangements Committee which helps plan and organize NACAC's National College fair in Buffalo, NY. This event continues to attract over 200 colleges and universities from across the country, Canada, and select foreign universities.

Key Links to Important Resources:

The following topics will connect you to institutional links for each of the 21 Western New York colleges and universities where the programs are available. Click on the links below for a list of institutions and corresponding links to their web sites.

 Merit-Based & Instituional Scholarships

 Transfer Information

 Honors Programs

 AP/IB/CLEP Credits

 Special Programs with WNY High Schools

 Admission Staff Directories

 Study Abroad

 

The NCAA Eligibility Center is a site for students interested in playing Division I or II collegiate sports.

The College Board: is a not-for-profit membership association whose mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board is composed of more than 5,700 schools, colleges, universities and other educational organizations. Each year the College Board serves seven million students and their parents, 23,000 high schools, and 3,800 colleges through major programs and services in college readiness, college admission, guidance, assessment, financial aid, enrollment, and teaching and learning.
For information on the application process including Application Ethics, Early Decision & Early Action (timelines for admissions), Admissions Decisions: What Counts, Class Rank & College Admissions, College Application Essay, Admission Interview Tips, Application Fee Waivers, Recommendations, Wait-Listed and Rejected Students, see Facilitating the Application Process